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Hershey Moves to Ban Cadbury Chocolates in U.S.

February 18, 2015 3:37 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hersey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating a permanent dry spell. 

The Five Continuous Improvement Paradoxes

February 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Succeeding with continuous improvement has proven harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.

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White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. Here is a look at what's rolling on U.S. rails. 

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4,300 Pounds of Pork Sausage Products Recalled

February 18, 2015 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen.

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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep an Eye On

February 18, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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Producer Prices Decline for Third Consecutive Month

February 18, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index decreased by 0.8 percent in January, the third consecutive monthly decline and the largest drop since the statistic debuted more than five years ago.

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Manufacturing Production Up Slightly in January

February 18, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Factory output by U.S. manufacturers increased by 0.2 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.

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How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet of Things Market

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech | Articles | Comments

Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes, and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global networks. Conservative estimates suggest worldwide Industrial Internet spending is set to increase from $20 billion in 2012 to $500 billion by 2020*.

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Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

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Oil Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions

February 18, 2015 9:56 am | by John Raby, Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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Boston Scientific Will Pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

February 18, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006.

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Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

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High Pressure Fittings for 360 µm Tubing

February 17, 2015 7:29 pm | by VICI Valco | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s Cheminert High Pressure PEEK Fittings are rated at 5000 psi with fingertight nuts. The taper angle and detail design conform to the industry standard established by the Valco line.

Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Don't expect to see them too soon, but they could be coming to your local grocery store — two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced.

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Researchers Develop Spray-On, DNA ‘Barcode’ for Food

February 17, 2015 2:24 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a startup firm have developed a spray that can allow contaminated food to be traced back to its source within an hour.

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New 'Flexible' Factory in India is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 2:13 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change.

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Newton Families: Send Suit Against Gun Maker to State Court

February 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.

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Why Refinery Strike Has Little Impact at Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 1:53 pm | News | Comments

A refinery strike would seem like an understandable reason for increased gas prices. Yet three weeks into a walkout at 11 refineries around the country, the impact on the prices of gasoline, diesel and other fuels is barely discernable. Here's why. 

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VW Certifies UAW Alternative Group at Tennessee Plant

February 17, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Volkswagen has certified a group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, setting the stage for the group's continued showdowns with the United Autoworkers union.

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Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold for OT Exemption

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

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